LINGUIST List 32.3367

Wed Oct 27 2021

Books: The Syntax of Information-Structural Agreement: Mursell

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Date: 22-Oct-2021
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: The Syntax of Information-Structural Agreement: Mursell
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Title: The Syntax of Information-Structural Agreement
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 268
Published: 2021
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/la.268

Author: Johannes Mursell
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027259738 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027259738 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027259738 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027209139 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027209139 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027209139 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Abstract:

In this research monograph, Johannes Mursell discusses the syntactic impact of information-structural features on agreement. So far, the syntactic contribution of this type of feature has mostly been reduced to movement of topics or foci clause-initial position. Here, the author looks at a different phenomenon, syntactic agreement, and how this process can be dependent on information-structural properties. Based partly on original fieldwork from a typologically diverse set of languages, including Tagalog, Swahili, and Lavukaleve, it is argued that for most areas for which information-structural features have been discussed, it is possible to find cases where these features influence phi-feature agreement. The analysis is then extended to cases of Association with Focus, which does not involve phi-features but can still be accounted for with agreement of information-structural features. The book achieves two main goals: first it provides a uniform analysis for different constructions in unrelated languages. Second, it also gives a new argument that information-structural features should be treated as genuine syntactic features.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Written In: English (eng)

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